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adjective,bump·i·er, bump·i·est.
  1. of uneven surface; full of bumps: a bumpy road.

  2. full of jolts: a bumpy ride.

  1. causing jolts: Bumpy air shook the airplane.

  2. having many difficulties or failures; full of ups and downs: He had a rather bumpy career before he settled down in his present job.

Origin of bumpy

First recorded in 1860–65; bump + -y1

Other words from bumpy

  • bump·i·ly, adverb
  • bump·i·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for bumpy


/ (ˈbʌmpɪ) /

adjectivebumpier or bumpiest
  1. having an uneven surface: a bumpy road

  2. full of jolts; rough: a bumpy flight

Derived forms of bumpy

  • bumpily, adverb
  • bumpiness, noun

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